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Supersizing the Mind

Here’s a short note on Andy Clark’s Supersizing the Mind. My immediate reaction is that the mechanisms he’s positing are not all that surprising: I would expect that any task we do frequently would be accompanied by various physical affordances that reduce our cognitive load, sometimes these affordances are inherent …

Guerrilla Metaphysics

I just finished Guerrilla Metaphysics (GM) by Graham Harman. The core of GM interrogates the way in which objects interact — in this, GM complements other OOO ( object-oriented ontology) books such as the the democracy of objects which I feel take the form of interaction as a given. GM isn’t …

The Democracy of Objects

 I read Levi Bryant’s The Democracy of Objects a couple of months ago, but it’s taken me a while to coalesce my thoughts on it. Here they are (I’ve come to one viewpoint about the first part of the book and another about the second part of the book):  The first …

Alien Phenomenology

Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing Definitely a thought provoking book. This is one of the first things I’ve read about Object Oriented Ontology (OOO) (aside from the clustermag article that initially vectored me to Bogost). Although I find the program interesting and worthwhile, I’ll admit to …

Beyond the Brain

Beyond the Brain by Louise Barrett   First off, this is a very well written book, Barrett’s writing style is exceptionally clear and engaging — definitely a better read than most (well, almost all) books of similar weight.   Barrett’s main thrust is to demonstrate, in the tradition of Chalmers …